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Art Watch: Abigail Anne Newbold at Currier Museum of Art & NOW at Houston Center for Contemporary

New Exhibit! ABIGAIL ANNE NEWBOLD: CRAFTING INDEPENDENCE (Click here to learn more.)

This exhibit is definitely worth the trip! Better yet, make it part of a vaction or even just a long weekend. Stay overnight and see the Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman's house (part of the Currier Museum), eat at Cotton's Restaurant down in the mill town, or stay at the Ash St. Inn around the corner from the museum, where you can have your own private fireplace in your bedroom. 

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My Gallery Notes:
Abby has made many of the items you see: like the backpack, and/or has restored old items, like tools, by sharpening and cleaning, and making new handles. She made or found these cool pegs to hold everything together. This way you can take off her hand made quilts used as walls, take down the light weight frame, and pack it all up and put it into the covered wagon, and bike it to your next place to live.

This is her idea of alternative living including all the things you need to do it.

Including a delicer, the horizontal bag w crank and with sleeve under it for your head? and a magnifying glass-- and a seed spreader bag she made with a spreader attached to its bottom.

More about the Exhibit:

The Currier Museum of Art presents:
Abigail Anne Newbold: Crafting Settlement
March 30 - July 14, 2013
Crafting Settlement turns a museum gallery into a diorama of a fictional homestead on the fringes of modern society. Exquisitely custom-crafted objects, including modular dwelling structures inspired by the 19th-century farm architecture of New England, combine traditional craft techniques and modern materials to create a personalized brand of domesticity and self-sufficient living. This installation reclaims the value of quality construction and aesthetic integrity and comments on a history of utopian projects in search of alternatives to mainstream culture.

FIRST THURSDAY LIVE! with the artist Abigail Anne Newbold
Thursday, June 6, 5:30 - 7:30
Explore Crafting Settlement and bring your questions about artistic process and motivations to the artist, who will be available for questions throughout the evening.
First Thursday programs are free for everyone throughout the summer.

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How to take photo and add graphics and get a hot poster

rick-the-ramblers-street-dance-carolynbates-poster.jpgIt all starts with a photo. Set up a scene, get some great models to pose for you (friends and family are always a great resource), and then let the fun begin! Step 1: In Photoshop, use the pen tool to make white lines around the people or the elements of the photo that you want to use.     Step 2: Turn them and changed size and...
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The Perfect Storm

a1sx2_Original1_lakechamp-storm-carolynbates-lanscape-lightning.pngA stormy day at Lake Champlain. For all sailor...enter at your own risk. What people are saying... "Wow!" -Mary V Tegel "Fascinating picture! Sharing" -Anne Gray Liversidge "this is an amazing photo. Send it to the National Weather Bureau for the archives!" -Sally Ballin "This belongs on an art museum wall." -Urban Martin "This is an incred...
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From The Devastation of Irene Emerges Hope for Rebuilding Vermont

ohj-flood-wilmington-house-carolynbates-photography-waterA story of how one resident that began the long process of rebuilding after Irene flooded her home and left Wilmington VT devistated. Story by Nancy E. Berry • Photos by Carolyn BatesAugust-September 2013 • One doesn't often associate hurricanes with Vermont, but on August 28, 2011, the town of Wilmington—a picturesque, N...
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Summer is going to the dogs

fourseasons-dog-portraits-summer-carolynbates-1It is the dog days of summer!
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A Journey to Machias Seal Island

I am excited to share some of the amazing photographs that wildlife photographer, Lee Cordner has taken on a trip to Machias Seal Island. The island, in the Gulf of Maine, is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Atlantic Puffin.

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Machias Seal Island: Wednesday at 6:45am

by Lee Cordner


Wednesday morning at 6:45am Chris and I arrived at Cutler for our second opportunity to land at Machias Seal Island (MSI).  We were unable to land the day before because of weather conditions.  The harbor is a working harbor, and it was socked in with fog like it had been the day before.  The plus this day was that it was not raining, and you could not see a lot of swell action on the shore.  We boarded our tour boat, Barbara Frost, by 7:45am and were heading out of the harbor with a landing skiff in tow.  That was a positive sign as compared to the day before, we had not had the landing skiff.

On the way out of the harbor we past a mature bald eagle perched in a tree, another good sign.  Out on the ocean it was still foggy, with light to no wind and a three foot swell left from the day before.   After about an hour of motoring we arrived at MSI.   The tide was low, so the potential for landing was better.  MSI, depending on where you read, is somewhere between 10  - 15 acres, has no trees, but in some areas it does have ground vegetation.  During the summer there are two lighthouse keepers, a handful of biologist doing studies on the birds, and at least 15,000 adult nesting birds.

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Taking a blast from the past and bringing it back to the future.

Featured in this month's Vermont Magazine, a home that has its roots in the past is restored to make the current owners feel right at home.

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Idyllic Island Home

Story by Jordan Werner • Interior photos by Carolyn Bates
Vermont Magazine • July/August 2013

As it was restored, this grand old home revealed both its past and its potential for another family to live happily inside its walls.

I have encountered a house that seems to have a soul, and it is a kind one, an old one. It seems to wrap its unseen arms around you when you visit; it whispers its secrets to you, silently hoping that you will stay a while. When you visit it, this realization begins well before you arrive, when you cross a bay on Lake Champlain on the Route 2 causeway and notice that your pace is slowing. The islands you are nearing seem to be generating a sense of calm and relaxation…that’s when you know you are on “island time.” As I crossed the drawbridge, drove through North Hero, and finally rounded the corner at the gate of the Stewart residence, I couldn’t be sure that my car was still moving forward. One glimpse of the lake and the Stewarts’ old lake house, and I knew this story would be different from every house story I had written before.

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The Summer on Lake Champlain

lakechamplain-carolynbates-scenic-photographyWhat People are saying ... "Gorgeous, Carolyn..." - Christine Fraioli"Oh!! I miss my lake." - Jane Ellen Horner"Very nice!" - Rick Norcross"Classic!" - Jack Sartore"Beautiful, wish I was there." - Susan Frost Comments originally from Facebook.
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FOUND: Architecture deconstructed

Architecture-Found-renzoPianoI "found" this post in ane email blast and had to share it. What a great illustration! world-architects: Found Photo: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, courtesy of Vitra Diogene - Diogenes of Sinope was an Ancient Greek philosopher who rejected the amenities of civilized life by living in a barrel in the Agora of Athens. Over 2,300 years later, his...
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Guest Blogger: Natalie Stultz

Impressions of Santa Fe: red-oranges, deep blues and bright light.Take a look at some amazing photos from Natalie Stultz Blog post.     New Mexico Stories & Travel I was in New Mexico recently for my sister-in-law’s wedding. We stayed in a wonderful B&B in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos, which is a working lavender farm replete with peacocks. The bride and groom during the traditional...
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Love between these two sparked "A New Passion"

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Old House Interiors: Jun-Jul 2006 • 104 pages • Vol. 12, No. 4

National architectural magazine now in its fifteenth year, covering period-inspired design 1700–1950. Commissioned photographs show real homes, inspired by the past but livable. Historical and interpretive rooms are included; new construction, additions, and new kitchens and baths take their place along with restoration work. A feature on furniture appears in every issue. Product coverage is extensive. Experts offer advice for homeowners and designers on finishing, decorating, and furnishing period homes of every era. A garden feature, essays, archival material, events and exhibitions, and book reviews round out the editorial. Many readers claim the beautiful advertising—all of it design-related, no “lifestyle” ads—is as important to them as the articles.

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Archive Alert: English Inspiration

OHJ-English-Cover-March2003Architect is Sandy Vitzthum • Photos by Carolyn Bates About this Magazine: Feb-Mar 2003 • 120 pages • Vol. 9, No. 2 • Old House Interiors National architectural magazine now in its fifteenth year, covering period-inspired design 1700–1950. Commissioned photographs show real homes, inspired by the past but livable. Historical and interpretive r...
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More from Dog Mountain: July Labor of Love Party

laborofloveI just got this email from the Stephen Huneck Galler at Dog Mountain and wanted to share the information about the upcoming from July 12-14. Find out more about this in the email below.     1-800-449-2580  Greetings from Dog Mountain! Email was sent on Thursday, June 27th H...
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Peonies from my garden

Peonies by Carolyn Bates PhotographySince peonies are my favorite flower, I look forward to seeing them bloom every year. But this year, the rain has been plastering my peonies to the ground. After all we have had over 12" of rain in the last two weeks. What to do? Obviously waiting and waiting for the sun to come out wasn't going to work. So, I just went outside, in the rain, and ph...
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Sneak Peek: Want to learn the secret to photographing a great night shot?

Echo Building - Commercial Architecture - Carolyn Bates PhotographyI may be able to help with that! On August 18, I will be teaching professional photographers about shooting buildings at night. And I have chosen ECHO as the building to use. If you would like to come, contact me through my website or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Architect: Smith-Alvarez-Sienkiewycz, Architects (   •&...
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Featured Architects: Gardner Kilcoyne Architects

millercenter-architectural-photography-carolynbates-CLB7452aThe Project: The Miller Center About Gardner Kilcoyne Architects Gardner Kilcoyne Architects was formed in 2002 by Bill Gardner and Liza Kilcoyne in Burlington, Vermont. They believe design should be an interactive solution-oriented process that fulfills the client's vision. Design should reflect each project's unique goals and aspirations. GK...
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Congratulations! Morse Wins Environmental Leadership Award from Unity College

Sue Morse Wins Environmental Leadership Award from Unity College

Susan C. Morse of Jericho, Vermont, a nationally known tracker and expert on wildlife habitat, has won Unity College’s 2013 Environmental Leader Award.

The college will honor Morse on Tuesday, April 9, at its Maine campus for her accomplishments in wildlife monitoring and conservation, and raising public awareness of the need for habitat protection. The award will be presented through the college’s Women in Environmental Leadership Program (WE Lead). Each year the WE Lead program recognizes a professional woman who demonstrates outstanding leadership in an environmental field and serves as a model for future generations of women environmental leaders.

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The Two Faces of Joan

Business Portrait of Joan by Carolyn Bates PhotographyJoan and I cruised around Ethan Allen Homestead (founded by author Ralph Nading Hill) today so I could take a business portrait for her new career. She wanted a blurred green background. She wore silver jewelry and white embroidered blouse. With our day being just a perfect high gray day, we had our choice of which direction we wanted to face.&nbs...
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In Memory of Gwendolyn Ide Huneck

Dog Mountain Has Suffered a Great LossIt was a sad day when I got this email from the Stephen Huneck Galler at Dog Mountain. Below is the email that was sent on Monday, June 3rd.     1-800-449-2580  Dog Mountain Has Suffered a Great Loss It is with heavy hearts that we share with our Dog Mountain community that our ...
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80 Square Feet of WOW: Less is More

FineHomebuilding CLB1417 lg  Give us a thumbs up, please, so we can win! Just click on this link, Eighty Square Feet of WOW: Less is More to vote. Read what Maggie Sherman, owner of WOW, posted when submitting my photos. Carolyn Bates, photographer extraordinaire, recommended I contact you about my recent kitchen remodel. Please consider including my "less is more...
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